The Republican Party chairman in Georgia's 11th Congressional District said that the shooting at a congressional baseball practice near Washington, D.C., will result in a GOP win in the state's special House election, the Washington Post reported. Brad Carver, the GOP chairman, said the shooting will drive moderates and independents to vote for Republican Karen Handel, the Post reported. "I'll tell you what: I think the shooting is going to win this election for us," Carver told the Post Saturday. "Because moderates and independents in this district are tired of left-wing extremism. I get that there's extremists on both sides, but we are not seeing them." read more
Donald Trump has said he doesn't want "a poor person" to hold economic roles in his administration as he used an Iowa rally to defend his decision to appoint the wealthy to his cabinet. The U.S. president told a crowd on Wednesday night: "Somebody said why did you appoint a rich person to be in charge of the economy? No it's true. And Wilbur's [commerce secretary Wilbur Ross] a very rich person in charge of commerce. I said: Because that's the kind of thinking we want.'" read more
Barry Ritholtz, Bloomberg: When a governor announces an economic theory as a solution to a state's fiscal problems, while challenging all comers to observe the results, that's something I want to pay attention to. And so for the past five years, I have been watching the public-policy experiment in Kansas with great fascination. With the state legislature now rejecting the governor's experiment, we can move onto to the next phase: Not recrimination and blame, though there is lots of that going around. Instead, I want to look at how the experiment played out, and what lessons there are to be learned from it. read more
President Donald Trump says he did not make secret recordings of ex-FBI chief James Comey despite an earlier hint to the contrary. He said in a tweet: "I did not make, and do not have, any such recordings." Days after he fired Comey, the president had tweeted: "James Comey better hope that there are no 'tapes' of our conversations ... " He has been under pressure to produce the tapes amid inquiries into alleged Russian meddling in the election. The House Intelligence Committee had earlier this month asked the White House to hand over any such recordings.
Republican Karen Handel defeated Democrat Jon Ossoff Tuesday in a special election to fill a Georgia congressional seat, dashing Democrats' hopes of flipping a House district in order to build momentum ahead of the 2018 midterms. CNN and NBC called the race for Handel just after 10 p.m. ET, followed by the Associated Press. ... Republican Karen Handel defeated Democrat Jon Ossoff Tuesday in a special election to fill a Georgia congressional seat, dashing Democrats' hopes of flipping a House district in order to build momentum ahead of the 2018 midterms.
A man drove a van into worshipers close to the Muslim Welfare House in Finsbury Park [in London] as they were gathered to help an elderly man who had collapsed. That man later died, but it is not clear if his death was the result of the attack. Ten others were also hurt. A 48-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. ... Police said all the victims of the attack were Muslim and many were believed to have just left evening prayers after breaking the Ramadan fast. ... [Imam] Mohammed Mahmoud told reporters: "We told them the situation -- there's a man, he's restrained, he mowed down a group of people with his van and there is a mob attempting to hurt him and if you don't take him then, God forbid, he might be seriously hurt."
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Friday that it's impossible for President Donald Trump to obstruct justice because of the fact that he's president. However, Gingrich himself has in the past voted to impeach a president over such charges. While speaker of the House, Gingrich voted in 1998 to impeach President Bill Clinton on charges of obstruction of justice and perjury.
Donald Trump is reportedly becoming "increasingly angry" and yelling at TV sets in the White House as his frustration grows at the investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the presidential election. Confidants and advisers have described Trump's mounting impatience at both the investigation and the media coverage it has generated. According to Associated Press, he believes he is the victim of a conspiracy aimed at discrediting his presidency and ultimately ending his tenure of the White House.
A huge trove of voter data, including personal information and voter profiling data on what's thought to be every registered US voter dating back more than a decade, has been found on an exposed and unsecured server, ZDNet has learned. It's believed to be the largest ever known exposure of voter information to date. The various databases containing 198 million records on American voters from all political parties were found stored on an open Amazon S3 storage server owned by a Republican data analytics firm, Deep Root Analytics. UpGuard cyber risk analyst Chris Vickery, who found the exposed server, verified the data. Through his responsible disclosure, the server was secured late last week, and prior to publication. read more
The Supreme Court ruled Monday that a federal trademark law banning offensive names is unconstitutional, siding with a rock band whose name had been deemed racially disparaging by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. In an 8-0 ruling, the court determined the law's so-called "disparagement clause" violates the free speech clause of the First Amendment. The case centered on Oregon-based, Asian-American band ... which was denied a trademark because its name was considered offensive. The band countered that the 70-year-old law at issue violates free-speech rights -- and Justice Samuel Alito, in the court's opinion, agreed. read more